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Seed Library at MSU Libraries

The MSU Library Seed Library is a publicly accessible place to pick-up some seeds for vegetable, herb and flower growing.

Mix - Good Bugs

Good Bugs Collection seeds, dimeGood Bugs Collection

This colorful mix of Michigan native, perennial, wildflowers contains plants that attract and provide food and habitat for beneficial insects and pollinators. Plants range in height from 3-5 feet tall and require a full sun location. Once established they are relatively low maintenance.

Growing days:65+
Sun: Full

Growing: This mix require a “cold stratification” or cold treatment before they will germinate. Choose one of 3 options: 1) sow seeds outside before March 1st. 2) mix the seeds into ½ cup of moist sand in a sealed plastic bag and place in the refrigerator for 6-8 weeks before planting. 3) Plant the seeds in the fall so they are naturally exposed to the cold & will germinate the following spring/summer. More information: Growing.

Mix includes: Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta); Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea);Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata); Sand Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata); Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida); Foxglove Beard-tongue (Penstemon digitalis); Beebalm (Monarda fistulosa); New-England Aster (Aster novae-angliae); Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum); Ironweed (Vernonia missurica)..

Mix - Save the Bees

Save the Bees Wildflower Collection seeds, dimeMicihgan Wildflowers in bloomSave the Bees Wildflower Collection

From Nature and Nurture Seeds, this mix of flowers includes: Beebalm (Monarda fistulosa); Yellow Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata); Hairy Beard-tongue (Penstemon hirsutus); Tall Coreopsis (Coreopsis tripteris); Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis); Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia Siphilitica); Culver's Root (Veronicastrum virginicum); Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium maculatum); Showy Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa); Smooth Aster, (Aster laevis).

Growing:
This mix require a “cold stratification” or cold treatment before they will germinate.
Choose one of 3 options: 1) sow seeds outside before March 1st. 2) mix the seeds into ½ cup of moist sand in a sealed plastic bag and place in the refrigerator for 6-8 weeks before planting. 3) Plant the seeds in the fall so they are naturally exposed to the cold & will germinate the following spring/summer. More information: Growing.

Nasturtium

Tall Climbing Mix Nasturtium seeds, dimeNasturtiums in bloomTall Climbing Mix Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)

Tall winding plants that grow to 4–6', sprouting flowers in red, orange, gold and exquisite bicolor shades. The red blossoms have a spicier taste than those of lighter colors. Plants will spread and fill in a huge space but as they haven't tendrils cannot easily climb, but drape.

Growing days: 65
Start seeds indoors between mid-April and the first of May. Transplant after overnight temperatures are above 50°. Plant them ~10" apart.
Or, direct sow outdoors after last frost, late May, sowing 1" deep at 9-10" spacing.
 

Zinnia

Zinnia Lilliput Mixed Colors (Zinnia elegans)

This assortment of zinnias have smaller heads and grow 18"-24" tall. They grow well in flower beds and containers and are attractive to bees and birds. The are great for cut flower arrangements. If deadheaded, plants will bloom continuously through summer to frost.

Growing:

Start indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost and transplant after last frost, spaced 8-12" apart after the last frost. If sowing outside, sow a few seeds every 8-12" when soil is over 70ºF.

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